As part of an intelligence led operation Gardai from the North Central Drug unit based at Store St, searched a house on The Strand, Donabate yesterday the 23rd May 2013. During the course of the search Gardai discovered approximately €700,000 of Cannabis herb(subject to analysis) and almost €1m of ecstasy (subject to analysis).
A male 36yrs was subsequently arrested and is being detained at Mountjoy Garda station under the provisions of section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 as amended.
Irish MEP Sean Kelly has vowed to lobby strongly against a US Senate proposal which he warns would effectively “wipe out” the popular J1 visa.
The Fine Gael MEP was responding to a clause in the immigration reform bill currently going through the US Senate, calling for a €500 charge to be imposed on the popular J1 visa. The restriction would mean that Irish and European students would not be granted the visa unless a potential employer in the States agreed to pay the sponsorship fee.
Mr Kelly described the proposal as “unfair and unworkable” and pledged to raise the issue at the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue, which takes place in Dublin at the end of May. The annual meeting of US and EU parliamentarians aims to improve the political discourse between legislators in both continents. Read more
It has been announced that a further 38 extra staff are to be deployed to the Garda Vetting Unit, amid concerns raised recently by Senator Lorraine Higgins regarding lengthy delays for people requiring clearance for employment purposes.
“Minister Kathleen Lynch has informed me that extra staff are to be begin work later this month at the Garda Central Vetting Unit in Thurles, following training and re-deployment.
“Currently one superintendent, two sergeants and approximately 113 civilian personnel are assigned to the Garda central vetting unit. This civilian complement includes 23 staff recently transferred from Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who are undergoing the required training. Read more
SDLP Economy Spokesperson and Chairman of the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committee at Stormont, Patsy McGlone has said there should be a report into the economic and social benefits of the GAA.
This comes following a report commissioned by the Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland on the economic benefits of Loyal Orders.
Mr McGlone said:
“The report compiled for the Department for Social Development (“DSD”) demonstrates that loyal orders and their bands contribute £15m to the Northern Irish Economy annually.
“This needs to be balanced against the cost of policing parades in the North last summer, which was estimated to be £7.4m. Read more
Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney has welcomed news that Ryanair may expand its operation at Dublin airport.
Senator Mooney was reacting to reports this week that Ryanair is seeking to add to its capacity at the airport this September.
“News that Ryanair is actively seeking to expand its capacity at Dublin airport is welcome. This move should be wholly supported by the Government and direct negotiations must now take place to ensure that planned expansion by the airline materialises.i
“As a member of the Transport and Tourism Committee, I know the massive benefits that Ryanair and other airlines bring to the Irish economy. As an island nation, the airline industry is vital to the success of the tourism sector. Ryanair is a valuable player in attracting hundreds of thousands of people to the country each year.
“It is important that the possibility of all airline carriers expanding is explored, I would like to see the Minister for Transport actively engaging with airline carriers and other airports to see what can be done to expand their operations. For example, Ryanair provides an important service at Knock International airport that it vital to the tourism of the North West, the possibility of extending the number of services here should also be explored.
“I am also calling on the DAA to ensure that the required conditions are put in place to support the proposals by Ryanair. While I am not advocating any preferential treatment for Ryanair, all interested parties must be open to facilitate the expansion.”
The Football Association of Ireland today (May 21) announced that Robbie Keane will be unable to join up with the squad for the matches against England (Wembley, May 29) and Georgia (Aviva Stadium, June 2) because of club commitments with LA Galaxy.
Both matches fall outside the FIFA international window and although the player very much wanted to travel for the fixtures, he will be unable to do so because of club matches in the US.
Robbie will now join up with the squad ahead of the World Cup qualification match in Dublin against the Faroe Islands and the friendly against Spain in New York.
GardaI at Galway are investigating a single vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Knockdoe, Co Galway (N17) at approximately 2.30am this morning (20/5/13).
A 24 year old male driver of a car (only occupant) was fatally injured when the car he was driving collided with a traffic island at Knockdoe.
His body has been removed to Galway University Hospital where a post mortem examination will take place later today.
The road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Diversions are in place.
Investigating GardaI are appealing for witnesses to contact Galway Garda Station 091-538000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.
LEITRIM: ACL D3 – Gortletteragh 0-10 Allen Gaels 2-12; Mohill 1-14 Aughavas 3-8; Melvin Gaels 4-14 Annaduff 2-10; ACL D1 – Drumreilly 4-11 Bornacoola 1-8; Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s 2-10 Gortletteragh 0-9; Annaduff 1-7 Melvin Gaels 0-14; Glencar-Manorhamilton 1-12 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 1-10; ACL D2 – Cloone 1-10 Allen Gaels 3-12; Fenagh-St Caillins 1-7 Carrigallen 2-10; Drumkeerin 3-12 Bornacoola 0-7; Glencar-Manorhamilton 1-9 Leitrim Gaels 2-10; Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher 1-15 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 0-6;
Ireland suffered the fate of coming last In the Eurovision Song Contest tonight
It is the worst performance points wise since Ireland first entered the competition in the 1960s.
Many questions will now have to be asked about whether the competition is worth entering in the future.
It was a good performance by the Irish entry, but not with the voting pundits.
Denmark won the competition.
PIC SHOWS: Jerome Quint, general manager of Solis Lough Eske Castle; Maren Rudolph, president Travel Classics Writers’ Conference; Ruth Moran, Tourism Ireland; Pat Boyce, master craftsman at Waterford Crystal; Susan O’Keefe, associate editor, National Geographic Traveler; and Mark McGovern, Guinness Storehouse, at the opening of the Travel Classics Writers’ Conference 2013 in Ballymaloe House.
The tourism drive in the all-important US market continues this week, as top American travel writers arrive in Ireland, to take part in this year’s renowned Travel Classics writers’ conference. The conference will bring huge exposure of what Ireland has to offer American holidaymakers, through the media in our second-largest tourism market.
The conference, which takes place this weekend at Ballymaloe House in Shanagarry, brings together celebrated editors from a wide range of high profile publications – including Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar, AFAR, Saveur and Coastal Living – all of which reach hundreds of thousands of readers across North America, as well as globally. The keynote speaker at the conference is Kevin Doyle, deputy editor of Condé Nast Traveler. Read more